Harmony Church is located in the city of Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island. Harmony is a multi-cultural, mission-minded, Christ-centered and Spirit led community, sharing the love of God in our city and world. The heartbeat of the church is Passion for God and Compassion for People.
Gideon & Catherine Hoekendijk are the Senior Leaders and founders of Harmony Church. They have been married for 29 years and are the proud parents of four children. Gideon was born in Georgetown, Guyana to Missionary parents but grew up in the Netherlands. Catherine, was born in Invercargill and grew up in Christchurch. In 1984 Catherine travelled to Europe to join Youth with a Mission in the Netherlands where she first completed a Discipleship Training Course and then stayed on as staff for a total of 5 years. During this time Gideon and Catherine met due to their common interest in music and were involved in large Christian music events across Europe and Asia. In 1990 they moved to Singapore where they met with Jimmy and Carol Owens, who some have described as the founders of modern Christian music. Together they worked on setting up a School of Music Ministry. This was a training school for musicians that was highly successful and still continues today. In 1991 Gideon and Catherine found themselves back in New Zealand with the birth of their first child, David. In subsequent years they have been part of organising large nationwide Christian events including “Pray for the City”, “March for Jesus”, “Billy Graham Global Mission” and hosting Christian artists such as Graham Kendrick, Bob Fitts, Ron Kenoly and Israel Houghton.
Gideon holds a Masters in Theology. Catherine holds a Bachelor of Music in composition and ethnomusicology and a Diploma in Adult Teaching and Learning. In late 2007 the Hoekendijk’s felt a stirring for a new expression of Church, and in 2008 a group of other like minded people began to gather weekly in their home exploring possibilities. February 15th 2009 saw the beginnings of Harmony Church.
We would love to welcome you to visit Harmony Church if you are in the Christchurch City area. If you are looking for a new church to call home, then you are invited to our next Welcome Evening. These events are a fantastic way to meet some of our key leaders, hear about the history and vision of Harmony Church and to ask any questions you may have.
No matter what walk of life you are from, you are welcome at Harmony. To register your interest in our next Welcome Evening, please visit the Main Reception on Sunday or complete the online form below.
Our volunteer teams are the heart and soul of the Church. Everything that happens both inside and outside the building is facilitated by people, most of them volunteers working together in teams. Volunteer Teams cover everything from worship teams, childrens programmes and the cafe. These people are amazing and we couldn’t do what we do without them!
Areas you can be involved in, either as a participant or volunteer include:
Gatherings: Weekly Sunday meetings; music, production, welcome teams.
Sozo: Sozo is the Greek word translated “saved, healed, delivered.” Sozo ministry is a unique inner healing and deliverance ministry aimed to get to the root of things hindering your personal connection with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. With a healed connection, you can walk in the destiny to which you have been called.
Men of Harmony: Various activities and events allow men to get to know each other, connect in similar hobbies/activities and develop friendships.
Urban Missions: As Christians, God calls us to care for the most vulnerable people in our city. Harmony sends teams out weekly to minister the love and healing power of Christ to those living on the streets of Christchurch.
International Missions: Opportunities for mission’s trips to see others grow, change and be challenged.
Young Adults: A vibrant community of young people (18-30) who meet fortnightly to connect, worship and go after the things of God.
Youth: Harmony Youth is for high school aged people. Years 9-13.
Children: Harmony Kids happens every Sunday morning.
Cafe: Barista, customer service, food prep, greeting.
And many more areas: If you would like to volunteer or would like to know more about getting involved at Harmony, please click on the button below.